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APRIL 20 (1939) - The Kid*
By Bill Grimes
Apr 20, 2007 - 7:04 PM

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The Splendid Splinter arrives

NEW YORK CITY , NEW YORK, APRIL 20, 1939 A skinny 20-year old kid from San Diego by the name of Theodore Samuel Williams played his first major league game for the Boston Red Sox on this day in baseball history. The first of his 2,654 hits was a 400-foot double in the vast outfield of Yankee Stadium as the Red Sox lost 2-0. Ted Williams’ career spanned 19 seasons and 4 decades. He amassed some of the greatest offensive numbers of all time:

Lifetime Stats
2-time Triple Crown winner (1942, 1947)

2-time MVP (1946, 1949)
.344 batting average
2,654 hits
521 home runs
1,839 RBI

  … this despite missing three full seasons – 1943-45 to serve in World War II, and playing only 43 games during the 1952 and 1953 seasons because of the Korean War.

Take a close look at the stats above. Williams’ 2 MVP years and 2 Triple Crown years do not overlap. They are 4 separate seasons, how he could win the Triple Crown and not be MVP is a mystery, but it is what it is. “Teddy Ballgame” even won the batting crown at the age of 40.

Williams was truly bigger than life; a Hall of Famer, a decorated fighter pilot, a tireless champion of charity and the loudest guy in the room almost until his death July 5, 2002.

Read on:
http://www.boston.com/sports/redsox/williams/
http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams
http://www.baseball-reference.com/w/willite01.shtml
http://www.who2.com/tedwilliams.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams

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